The FA Cup - Second Round
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FA Cup: Oxford United 1-0 Forest Green Rovers

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Highlights: Oxford 1-0 Forest Green

Oxford United beat Forest Green Rovers to reach the FA Cup third round thanks to Kemar Roofe's second-half winner.

The League Two leaders were kept out for 75 minutes by Rovers keeper Steve Arnold before Roofe's fierce, bouncing shot from outside the area won the tie.

Forest Green's best chance fell to midfielder Darren Carter on the turn, but his shot was saved by Benji Buchel.

Charlie Clough also headed wide late on for the National League side, but Oxford held on to win an even game.

Oxford have now won their last five FA Cup ties against non-league sides.

Meanwhile, Forest Green have not reached the third round since 2009-10.

Forest Green boss Ady Pennock told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

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Pennock on Oxford v Forest Green

"I thought we had some good chances, but to come here and the way we played, we gave Oxford a good game today.

"We had some half chances, but you need to take them

"The the lad Roofe's a very good player and it was a good finish, but all in all I'm very proud of the lads, they're bitterly disappointed.

"I'd like to thanks the fans as well - they turned up in their numbers and were fantastic and we've got to be positive, we've had a very good cup run, we've got to move on and wish Oxford all the best."

Line-ups

Oxford Utd

  • 13Buchel
  • 2Baldock
  • 33Dunkley
  • 5Mullins
  • 3Skarz
  • 4Roofe
  • 8Sercombe
  • 7RoseBooked at 35minsSubstituted forLundstramat 78'minutes
  • 15O'Dowda
  • 10HyltonBooked at 12minsSubstituted forEvansat 77'minutes
  • 9Hoban

Substitutes

  • 1Slocombe
  • 6Wright
  • 11MacDonald
  • 14Ruffels
  • 18Lundstram
  • 22Long
  • 36Evans

Forest Green

  • 1Arnold
  • 6BennettSubstituted forPipeat 41'minutes
  • 16Racine
  • 4Clough
  • 3Jennings
  • 17GuthrieSubstituted forMarsh-Brownat 79'minutes
  • 19SinclairBooked at 53mins
  • 8Wedgbury
  • 11Frear
  • 24CarterSubstituted forWilliamsat 79'minutes
  • 20Parkin

Substitutes

  • 2Pipe
  • 7O'Connor
  • 9Marsh-Brown
  • 10Kelly
  • 15Sam-Yorke
  • 23Maxted
  • 26Williams
Referee:
Robert Lewis
Attendance:
4,618

Match Stats

Home TeamOxford UtdAway TeamForest Green
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home16
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Oxford United 1, Forest Green Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Oxford United 1, Forest Green Rovers 0.

George Baldock (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Brett Williams (Forest Green Rovers).

Attempt missed. Steve Arnold (Forest Green Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Elliott Frear with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by George Baldock.

Callum O'Dowda (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers).

Attempt blocked. Jordan Evans (Oxford United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Cheyenne Dunkley (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers).

Foul by Kemar Roofe (Oxford United).

Charlie Clough (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Steve Arnold.

Foul by Callum O'Dowda (Oxford United).

Elliott Frear (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Forest Green Rovers. Jon Parkin tries a through ball, but Brett Williams is caught offside.

Attempt missed. James Jennings (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Elliott Frear with a cross.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by George Baldock.

Attempt saved. Callum O'Dowda (Oxford United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Kemar Roofe.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Rob Sinclair.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by James Jennings.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Keanu Marsh-Brown replaces Kurtis Guthrie.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Brett Williams replaces Darren Carter.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. John Lundstram replaces Danny Rose.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Jordan Evans replaces Danny Hylton.

Goal!

Goal! Oxford United 1, Forest Green Rovers 0. Kemar Roofe (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Joe Skarz.

Callum O'Dowda (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Sam Wedgbury (Forest Green Rovers).

Foul by Danny Hylton (Oxford United).

Rob Sinclair (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Danny Hylton (Oxford United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by George Baldock with a cross.

Attempt saved. Darren Carter (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Elliott Frear with a cross.

Offside, Forest Green Rovers. Kurtis Guthrie tries a through ball, but Jon Parkin is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Kemar Roofe (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Danny Rose (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Darren Carter (Forest Green Rovers).

Attempt blocked. Kemar Roofe (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Callum O'Dowda.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by James Jennings.

Kemar Roofe (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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